We can all agree that owning pets and caring for them is very similar to having kids of your own, even if you aren’t a parent to children. That is exactly the relationship Rick had with his pitbull, Karma. Case in point: when the dog fell into a river in Louisiana, the man didn’t hesitate to jump into the cold body of water in order to save her. Unfortunately, Rick, who is homeless, caught a horrible infection after rescuing Karma. In fact, he ended up walking into the Villalobos Rescue Center after that fateful day when he needed someone to watch the dog after he contracted a terrible infection from the river.
“It’s no big secret that the waters of Louisiana are not always that healthy,” Tia Torres explained, who runs the New Orleans rescue center.
The kind woman ended up calling an ambulance and assured Rick she would take care of Karma so that he would just get into the ambulance and get help. This wasn’t the first time Rick and Tia have encountered one another: he has come by the center several times to get food and medical care for Karma, so they knew each other from before.
“I [had] offered him 20 dollars at one point and he refused,” Tia said. It turns out that the homeless but honorable man “just wanted help with his dog.”
Two weeks later, he came back nice and healthy for his beloved Karma, bringing Tia and her staff there to tears, touched by the love of the two have for each other. Tia ended up giving Rick a job at the rescue center as well as setting them up with temporary housing.
“Always pay it forward because one day it could be you needing help,” Tia has said. “Even when Rick was homeless he told me his dog ate before him, which is the beautiful bond we expect when there is that much love between man and man’s best friend.”
(Photo Source: Villalobos Rescue Center)